“Walking and talking are two very great pleasures, but it is a mistake to combine them. Our own noise blots out the sounds and silences of the outdoor world; and talking leads almost inevitably to smoking, and then farewell to nature as far as one of our senses is concerned. The only friend to walk … Continue reading Mood of the Countryside
“There was a time in this fair land when the railroad did not run,When the wild majestic mountains stood alone against the sun.Long before the white man and long before the wheel,When the green dark forest was too silent to be real” Gordon Lightfoot, Canadian Railroad Trilogy Continue reading Too Silent To Be Real
“He was born in the summer of his 27th yearComin’ home to a place he’d never been beforeHe left yesterday behind him, you might say he was born againYou might say he found a key for every door When he first came to the mountains his life was far awayOn the road and hangin’ by … Continue reading Rocky Mountain High
“Come to the woods, for here is rest. There is no repose like that of the green deep woods. Here grow the wallflower and the violet. The squirrel will come and sit upon your knee, the logcock will wake you in the morning. Sleep in forgetfulness of all ill. Of all the upness accessible to … Continue reading Come!
My First Summer in the Sierra by John Muir is Muir’s personal journal documenting his journey into the Sierras while watching and driving Mr. Delaney’s sheep herd for the summer. Muir’s enthusiasm and pure love of nature is evident from the first page of the book. It truly is a masterpiece of Muir’s and over … Continue reading John Muir’s Joy